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Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 02-04-2014 10:50 PM 1644 reads 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blog on how i made this project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/96630

These days my shop is cold. Really cold. It is open on one side and it has been about -5 degrees C outside for a while now. I can only be out there for shorter durations of time and wearing thick layers of clothing.

But it has been quite a while since i made my last project and i really had a need to get in my shop and tinker a bit. What to make that is not too big a project and that improves beeing inside? Something about music perhaps..?

I have had these old loudspeakers for several years. They have a built in amplifier and sounds great but mdf and vinyl cowering… No!

Started to rip them apart to get to the loudspeakers and the electronics

Then on to the drawing board after a little searching around for inspiration

The wood rack revealed this oak bottom of a door frame taken from a 120 year old house. Perfect!

A little sawing and planing makes a great difference

A test of the genneral shape and the fit of the boards

Grooves are cut for the end boards

Fitting the loudspeakers

Vinegar+steel wool for color like in this project and then 4 layers of BLO

Made some buttons out of beech. They got glued to the existing buttons in order to fit the electronics. Made some feet as well

Fitting the electronics. Note to self: Solder wires BEFORE mounting the parts. My hands are way too large to fit inside the cabinet together with a hot soldering iron..

Last part was gluing on some strips to make room for the screws for the back panel

Think it turmed out quite nice.

Hope Dieter would have been proud! If this can be of inspiration to any of you guys i will be happy. Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda



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david_larch

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 12:04 AM

fantastic. real nice.

-- www.alibiwoodworks.com

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madts

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 12:16 AM

Pretty darn nice. Now if only I had a sommer hus.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Nindwood

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 01:17 AM

Great job. I like the old wood and the details that you shared. Have you considered building a passive solar heater for the shop?

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab. http://www.trimandcraft.ca/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 08:15 AM

Thanks guys!
@Nindwood: Winter time in my shop is a source of frustration for me. I daily debate with my self if i should build an actual workshop shed, buy another house, rebuild the existing cowered terrasse with insulated walls or about 100 other creative solutions. But they all are large undertakings and i have a business and a family to tend to as well. So for now i just do woodworking in my fishermans insulated boiler suit. And in the summer it is the best place!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 10:43 AM

Really cool project.
I think you really got the details to a higher level.
The ends that are a little ressesed and the speakers on the outside.
Lovely in every way and recycle also – a clean winner.
Best thoughts,
Mads
I made a small one out of a set of old computer speakers: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70686

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 01:10 PM

Very nicely done and modern appearance now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 02:00 PM

Thanks!
@Mads: I have to admit i already read that post and was a quite inspired by it..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 02:21 PM

We are all inspired by eachother, thats what is so wonderful here.
A famous Danish architect should have said: ‘it is no shame to be inspired, as long as what we make is better than the original’.
No doubt you did better than any I have seen.
Smiles,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Tango

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 03:26 PM

Very nice! I really like the look and finish. Would you mind sharing the finishing technique?

Thanks!

Tango

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 06:42 PM

@Mafe: Are we talking Bjake Ingels?
@Tango: Sure:
2 dl of clear vinegar, cheapest type
1 handfull of uncoated steel wool
mix in glas or plastic container and leave covered (but not sealed) for 2 weeks. Run through coffe filter.
During the 2 weeks it will bubble and foam and smell a bit so perhaps not a recipie to be made in the kitchen.

Learned this method here on LJ and just read throug a lot of posts: http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=016283335483199634424%3A4na88symhay&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=vinegar+steel+wool&sa.x=0&sa.y=0
Our member Shipright seems to be knowing a lot of a lot of things- and also about this.

After that just 4 layers of boiled linseed oil with 2 days inbetween. Finnished with 1 layer of german bees wax polish “Auro”. Polished with an old tablecloth.

Good luck if you try it out!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 07:59 PM

@Mafe: Are we talking Bjake Ingels?
@Tango: Sure:
2 dl of clear vinegar, cheapest type
1 handfull of uncoated steel wool
mix in glas or plastic container and leave covered (but not sealed) for 2 weeks. Run through coffe filter.
During the 2 weeks it will bubble and foam and smell a bit so perhaps not a recipie to be made in the kitchen.

Learned this method here on LJ and just read throug a lot of posts: http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=016283335483199634424%3A4na88symhay&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=vinegar+steel+wool&sa.x=0&sa.y=0
Our member Shipright seems to be knowing a lot of a lot of things- and also about this.

After that just 4 layers of boiled linseed oil with 2 days inbetween. Finnished with 1 layer of german bees wax polish “Auro”. Polished with an olt tablecloth.

Good luck if you try it out!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 01:37 AM

No but it could be. ;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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